ABERDEEN, Mississippi — A federal judge has rejected a request from a former school superintendent to reconsider a requirement to $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case.
Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced Nov. 18 to 76 months in prison for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use a reading program for children.
He also was ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education — with the first $75,000 due in mid-January.
Franklin's attorney, Lisa Ross, filed a motion on Nov. 21 asking U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock for a review of Franklin's assets, saying they have been all but depleted.
Aycock ruled this week that Franklin has the ability to pay the $75,000.
Information from: Delta Democrat Times, http://www.ddtonline.com